Volunteer with Kids' Ministries!

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR KIDS' MINISTRIES? 

We'd love to have you! 

Looking for a way to be involved and meet many of our church families? Come volunteer in kids' ministries! Here are reasons why you should volunteer: 

1. Children are a Priority to God

The Bible tells us that children are a blessing from God. There is no question about God’s attitude toward children. Jesus made a point to welcome children to his side and he affirmed their worth by saying to his disciples “let the little children come to me.” Kids are a priority to God. They matter to him. If God’s priorities matter to you, then you should consider serving in Kids' Ministries! 

2. Generations will be Impacted

When you serve in Children’s Ministry, your efforts will be multiplied long term. When you interact with kids in a loving way and teach them the important truths of the faith, you are influencing generations to come. Children will eventually become parents who will have children who will become parents and so on. These children will also grow up to become church leaders themselves. Psalm 78 challenges the older generation to share the glorious deeds, wonders, and might of God with the younger generations. If you want to change the future of our church family, then serve the children. If you want to develop future leaders of our church, then serve the children.

"IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY, THEN SERVE THE CHILDREN. IF YOU WANT TO DEVELOP FUTURE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH, THEN SERVE THE CHILDREN." 

3. Valuable Lessons will be Learned

Kids' Ministries can be erratic and whimsical. Kids are unpredictable. You will learn the fruit of the Spirit - ” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.” Working with kids will teach you the fine art of flexibility. The fruit of the spirit is best learned while holding a baby, kneeling on the floor with a toddler, or sitting at the table with a preschooler. You will also experience humility. Not enough people get a well-deserved applause for their service in the church and this is especially true for those serving in Kids' Ministries. There will probably be a lack of recognition, but this can be a blessing in disguise. Like so many other acts of service done quietly, the rewards come in heaven.

"THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS BEST LEARNED WHILE HOLDING A BABY, KNEELING ON THE FLOOR WITH A TODDLER, OR SITTING AT THE TABLE WITH A PRESCHOOLER." 

4. Life Change will Occur

Powerful statistics indicate most people come to Christ for salvation when they are young. Many heard the truth of the Gospel for the first time early on in church. The early years are influential and a great opportunity to share the Gospel. At Fairhope UMC, we recognize this and are making the most of these formative years. Reaching children is one of our top priorities. If you want to serve in an area where young people are coming to faith in Christ, this is the area for you.  

We all want the next generation to grow into God-loving, serving adults who will, in turn, raise Godly families. There is a difference between wanting it and doing something about it. God wants everyone to find a place of service. If you love God and love his children, there may be a place for you in Pier Kids' & SWIFT. 

Opportunities Available: 

  • Sunday School Small Group Leaders - lead at least once a month on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-10:50am. All materials and training provided. 
  • Sunday School or Wednesday Prep - Come during the week to gather/prep supplies and set up for Sunday School or Wednesday night programs. Great for someone who has a couple of free hours on weekdays. No teaching necessary! Supplies provided. 
  • Greeting/Check-In - Come Sundays or Wednesdays to greet families and help them check-in 
  • Seasonal Events - Come help with seasonal events like Breakfast at the Manger, Easter Celebration, VBS, and Kick-offs. From greeting and refreshments to organizing and directing, there are many different positions in which to serve. 
  • Wednesday Small Group Leaders - lead EVERY Wednesday with Pier Kids or SWIFT. Mid-August through Mid-May, 5:55pm-7:45pm. Create a special bond with a specific group of kids. Great for those who love Jesus and creating new relationships
  • Substitutes - These special people step in when regular leaders can't make it and help lead. Great for those who can't commit to a monthly or weekly commitment. Flexibility is a must! 
  • Blue Lake Chaperones - We go to camp twice a year (late January/early February and in July) and always need volunteers to chaperone our kids. Commitment can range from a weekend, half week, or full week (Monday-Friday). These special people are important because they allow us to continue to experience the joys of Blue Lake Camp! No teaching is required, just creating relationships and helping our kids nagivate camp. 
  • Created By God: Wonderfully Made Small Group Leaders - This unique ministry opportunity is one of utmost importance. Our Created by God workshop takes place every January and is a Biblically-based body education course for 5th & 6th graders. Small Group Leaders commit to a Thursday & Friday evening as well as a Saturday to lead small groups of kids through the course. Leaders are not responsibile for teaching, but guide students and help them process information. This opportunity is great for someone who values the necessity of Biblically based information about our bodies being presented. 

Qualifications & On-Boarding Process: 

  • Here are qualifications we look for in volunteers for our children's ministries: 
    • Demonstrate a willingness to work with children and children's ministries leadership. 
    • Be active in a church family by attending church or small groups regularly. 
    • Be of good character, being a light of Christ to those around you. 
    • Have a willingness to grow in leadership and knowledge within children's ministries. 
    • Complete background check and on-boarding process. 
  • What does the on-boarding process look like? 
    • Express interest by contact Jenna Hood,  or filling out the form below.
    • Complete online training module. It will be sent to you once your volunteer position has been confirmed. 
    • Fill out Safe Sanctuaries covenant and complete background check form and turn into Martha Monckton via the church front office or email,  
    • Schedule a follow-up meeting with Jenna to go over any questions. 

Ready to dive into kids' ministries?

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